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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Southern Palms

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Southern Palms
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Marlow
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46 reviews
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“This is a great place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014

Stunning beach location with sun, breeze and waves to play with. There are also pools to swim in. In late April it is not crowded - mostly Brits - and it is possible to gain a place beneath a coconut tree. The wifi can be idiosyncratic, but it reaches the beach and is free! The dining room and bar are good, though breakfast and dinner buffets are maybe not the strongest point. It is ideally positioned on the St Lawrence Gap within walking distance of many restaurants, bars, clubs, car hire, bus stop, food shops and church - but far enough away that noise is not a problem.. Following a dry spell, there was no insect problem. Staff provide friendly service. This place is not ultra-modern and "shiny", but is clean, very comfortable (good beds, good a/c) and has what we needed.

Room Tip: Rooms 122 and 123 are ocean view ground floor rooms 10 yards from the beach, and come with a kitchen...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014

This was our fourth visit to the Southern Palms - five years since the last one - and we would say it's even better than before. The gardens and pathways are well-kept, everywhere is really clean and tidy. The service was much better this time round and all the staff seemed cheerful and keen to assist. We ate lunch at the bar overlooking the beautiful beach; casesar salads, quesadillas - a good range of options. We didn't eat in the hotel at night as we preferred to have a walk into St Lawrence Gap, where we had some excellent meals at Harlequin, Chez Max, Champers (more expensive but a real treat). We were disappointed that Pisces wasn't open, and it looks as if it will be some considerable time before it is, but they are working on it. We also enjoyed a lunch and a couple of evening meals at the beach restaurant next to Southern Palms, called Pureocean. Our room was 124 which was a Junior Suite (an upgrade apparently, as I hadn't booked it) It has a small Juliette-type balcony which we just managed to fit a couple of chairs and a table onto - otherwise we would have had to share a terrace with two other rooms and it didn't feel very private as one lady sat there all day long! The room had a lounge area, there was a bathroom and a shower room and the bedroom was large, though at the back and very dark - it could have done with a couple of chairs in it aswell. It was not the height of luxury, but pleasant, comfortable and clean. The best thing about the room was it was literally five steps from the beach! The weather was good, though it rained one afternoon and was windier than usual. We definitely hope to return next year - we love it!

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Troon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014

Spent two wonderful weeks at this amazing hotel for a special birthday. We had a junior suite virtually on the beach. It was very spacious with 8 windows each of which had fantastic views. We had an enormous bed, dining area,lounge area, kitchenette with hob and fridge freezer, bathroom and a vast balcony.
It was a joy to wake up each morning to the sound of the surf. So much so that we got up very early to enjoy that part of the day and have a walk along the most beautiful beach imaginable.
Great location for all the bars and restaurants in the Gap too.
Cannot rate it highly enough and will most definitely return.

Thanks to Jenni at reception for her attention.

Room Tip: Would choose to stay in the more traditional Carlisle Building.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014

just returned from southern palms, truly amazing holiday. we had ocean view room which was spacious and very clean. Best beach on the island, the staff were very friendly and polite and couldn't do enough for you. The hotel food was excellent and not expensive, i would highly recommend this hotel to anybody thinking of booking up. Thanks southern palms for our lovely holiday. See you all again next easter.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014

Excellent clean hotel with fantastic sea views from the room, nice balcony area with fridge and kettle for drinks. Ideal location for the bars / restaurants each evening in St Laurence Gap or as a base for trips out in the hire car, local buses or taxi's. Good Food served in the hotel too if required, and friendly staff. It was our 5th stay on the Island, but first time in this hotel - we will go back to this hotel again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Malaga, Spain
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2014

A lovely place with a wonderful atmosphere, plus it is on the beach!
The location is great and the views are amazing. We truly enjoyed our stay, the walks on the beach, the friendly people, the food, and the cocktails party!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2014

We recently had a wonderful family holiday based at the southern palms. We can confirm many of the positives and negatives that have been written about the hotel:

Positives:
Unbeatable location.
Very clean and tidy in common areas.
Bar food excellent and reasonably priced (nothing is cheap in the gap other than street vendor food).
All staff were very friendly and helpful.
Two onsite pools were always spotless.
Plenty of loungers and sports equipment available.
Free water sports tuition if you want it.
Room Air con worked well and quietly.

Negatives:
Wi-Fi is patchy at best (there is a free onsite internet room with 2 PC's available).
In room TV channel choice poor.
Room cleaning is efficient, however, during our stay it was noticeable that the floors were never cleaned.
Noise - We had adjoining rooms (205 - 206) which had beautiful pool & sea views, however, the gap can be quite noisy at night and these rooms were not efficiently soundproofed.
The hotel rooms are spacious but need updating, particularly the bathrooms.

So although the hotel would benefit enormously from a significant spend on updating accommodation, there is a charm about the place, staff and services provided (entertainment, daily complementary tea and cakes & invites to weekly events etc) that endears southern palms enormously and we would return in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Southern Palms

Property: Southern Palms
Address: St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish > St. Lawrence Gap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in St. Lawrence Gap
#3 On the Beach Hotel in St. Lawrence Gap
#3 Romantic Hotel in St. Lawrence Gap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Southern Palms 3.5*
Number of rooms: 92
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Southern Palms Hotel St Lawrence Gap
Southern Palms Christ Church
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